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Floodplain Building Relocation

Building relocation is the act of moving a building to higher ground to protect it from flooding. Relocation ensures that a building that is moved from a floodprone area will cease to be subject to flood damage. Relocating a house or building to outside of the floodplain is preferred over just moving it to higher ground and makes more sense than elevating it when there is repetitive flooding and/or flooding at high velocities.

Almost any building can be relocated, however the cost goes up for heavier structures or those that are irregularly shaped.  Smaller, wood frame buildings on crawlspaces are the easiest to move whereas brick takes more time and money depending on the size and weight of the structure. 

The cost of moving a building can be very expensive, however a Federal disaster declaration may provide some financial assistance programs to relocate damaged buildings. Check with your building, planning or community development department or SMC on possible funding sources to help with a relocation project.